PM To Comment On Tension Before Leaving J&K

Jammu, May 21: | Updated: May 22 2002, 05:30am hrs
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Tueseday said that he would comment on the escalating tension with Pakistan before concluding his current trip to Jammu and Kashmir.

I will reply before leaving back for Delhi, he told reporters in reply to a specific question seeking his comments on the present Indo-Pak tension.

The Prime Minister said, during his visit to Jammu and Kashmir, he would visit some border areas and meet a cross-section of people to ascertain their views on the situation.

He immediately left for military hospital to meet the injured in the May 14 Kaluchak attack by militants.


MiG-21 Fleet Cleared For Flying
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New Delhi, May 21: The Air Force has cleared the MiG-21 fleet for operational flying and undertaking training sorties in a bid to strengthen its preparedness in view of heightened tension along the borders with Pakistan.

The MiG-21s were grounded in the wake of two successive crashes early this month, including one in a commercial area in Jalandhar, killing nine people, due to suspected sudden engine flame-outs.

UN, UK Urge India, Pak To Show Restraint

London, May 21: Expressing concern at casualities, UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has called on India and Pakistan to exercise restraint along the border. Britain also urged both the nations to show restraint amid fears that the two nuclear powers are lurching towards an all-out battle over Kashmir.

Prime Minister Tony Blairs official spokesman said, We obviously take the situation there extremely seriously. It is important, as we have said many times, that both sides do everything they can to de-escalate tension and we are concerned about the military mobilisation on both sides of the border.


Govt Pulls Back Troops From Gujarat
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New Delhi, May 21: The government asked the Army deployed in Gujarat to return to its operational status. The decision to pull back one brigade from Gujarat was taken by the Army Headquarters in view of the situation on the borders following the Kaluchak massacre near Jammu on May 14, said an Army spokesman here on Tuesday. Troops have been put on operational status...They have started moving out of Gujarat, the spokesman said. Full story